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We have the nation’s best clinical coder!

Posted: 27 February 2017
Jodi-Ann Gayle, Communications Officer

picture of Daniel Flynn receiving his awardCoding is no enigma for the trust‘s star student, Daniel Flynn, who took the National Clinical Coding Qualification (NCCQ) exam back in September and received the Digital Award for achieving the best results nationally.

Daniel achieved the top marks in the country, exceeding the national pass mark in both the practical and theory exams, scoring 96% and 89% respectively. Daniel impressively completed the NCCQ exam after just his first year of clinical coding. The recommended timeframe for taking the exam is two years.

Daniel said: “I was (and still am) absolutely amazed. It was one thing to pass both exams with distinction, but to achieve the highest marks nationally was something else. I actually thought I had failed one of the exams, so the awards have taken me by complete surprise.”

Daniel received the Monmouth Award – for the top 10 candidates with the highest marks – and the NHS Digital Award at the Institute of Health Records and Information Management (IHRM) ceremony held in Birmingham on Saturday 18 February. The ceremony recognised the importance of clinical coding in the delivery of safe clinical care, planning, commissioning and payment of services.

Codes are how different parts of the NHS reimburse each other. As well as serving a vital financial role, the codes that are assigned from information that clinicians write about patients’ diagnosis and treatment, is turned into classification codes that are internationally recognised and used for financial planning, hospital performance and global studies of diseases.


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  1. For more information, please contact Jodi-Ann Gayle, Communications Officer in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 280 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.